Packaging

This is a therapeutic work related enterprise, enabling students of all abilities to be included. The bulk of the work is packing up small plastic parts, but the group is also involved with our recycling operations. The students use shredded documents and old newspapers to make paper fire logs, these are sold in the shop in the winter. We also cut up worn out sheets and towels into workshop rag wipes, these are sold to local garages.

Pottery

Messing about with clay, not many things more therapeutic and fun than that. On a more serious note, our resident Potter enables the students to create useful ceramic pieces. Many of which are used in our Paint Your Own Pottery studio, or are sold in our small shop and local markets.

Kitchen

Perhaps the busiest part of The Bridge Project, the kitchens produce meals for an average of 40 people every week day. Call in customers, Students, Staff, Lunch Clubs and a thriving Hot Meal Delivery Service.   Students are an integral part this operation.  Many of the students are on accredited cookery courses from the West Suffolk College. The National Lottery funds some courses, both here at the Bridge and on site. We also enjoy support from The Worshipful Company of Cooks. Overseen by professional cooks, the students help with the preparation and cooking of all the meals, they are fully involved in the whole process which unfortunately means the washing up as well. Working in a busy catering kitchen involves learning and putting into practice Health and Safety procedures and a basic knowledge of food hygiene.

 

 

 

 

Enterprise Group

The Enterprise Group is run by tutor Lesley Lewis with students who learn about design, marketing, sales and production through their development of gifts and products.

Visitors to the Café will already be familiar with one success story from the Enterprise Group, the second-hand book sales area.  Here student Phillip Slater writes on behalf of the group about another of their projects:

Vintage Gifts Company

 

An example of a vintage gift designed by students and their tutor, Lesley Lewis

An example of a vintage gift designed by students and their tutor, Lesley Lewis

We started off by deciding what sort of gifts we wanted to make.  We wanted to take some lovely old things and turn them in to new gifts.  We took old terracotta pots and put them with pretty packets of seeds.  Then we tried special teas, hot chocolate and coffees with pretty old cups and saucers.  We turned them into gifts that we called “Coffee Time” and “Flower Power”.
As we work with lovely old things we decided to call ourselves “Vintage Gifts” and to design vintage gifts labels using old photographs.
Our vintage gifts were very popular at the Christmas bazaar.  This has given us confidence to try new ideas.  We have designed our collection of “Sweet Valentine” jars, filled with chocolates.  Inside each jar we have hidden a secret poem.
We are working now on ideas for a new gift range for Easter.
Phillip Slater, Enterprise Group
5.2.15

 

 Gardening

Our aim is to produce as much fresh food as we can for our kitchen cafe. We try for as many zero mile dishes as possible, using our small allotment, courtyard garden and potted herb garden.  Our garden design allows for all abilities including raised seed beds that are made for students to sit and work.   This is a real joy for the students who love pottering around in the garden and especially harvesting the crops.   Being outside is a big bonus, come rain or shine some jobs just have to be done. This gets everyone out in the fresh air  and working together.

 

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Bradbury Courtyard
20 Gainsborough Street
Sudbury Suffolk, CO10 2EU

Email: info@thebridgeproject.co.uk
Telephone: 01787 313691

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